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Community Change by Design

If you want to create real community change, you need to effectively engage the community in your efforts. That was the theme for a day long training session sponsored by the foundation.

Four MetroWest groups working on community innovation initiatives came together to learn community engagement strategies from the folks at Design Impact, a national firm that uses design thinking to address pressing community issues, equip leaders, and inspire communities.

 

The teams, which focused on issues of end-of-life care, access to mental health services, community health improvement and the rising use of e-cigarette use by youth, left with new skills and knowledge on human-centered design, a process that is centered on the needs and motivations of the people most affected by the solutions. This knowledge will help each team as they work on developing creative problem-solving solutions in the months ahead. Each team will be guided by additional coaching from the Design Impact consultants.  



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